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Dirty job: composting

27 Jun
Yard compost bin

Yard

Kitchen compost bin

Kitchen

 

Compost bins

 

 

 

 

 

Composting is both a dirty job and “Black gold” to enrich vegetable garden….this season’s yield…200 pounds!

For eighteen years, I have used a three step process to mitigate the slime and smell of kitchen waste.  This year I added a fourth step.

  1. Compost kitchen and garden waste (very slimy and smelly)
  2. Compost yard waste (primarily trimmings of perennial flowers).
  3. Add kitchen compost to yard waste = black gold
  4. Top off with ashes from fire pit for enrichment

All gardening starts with dirt.  Yes, it is less expensive and messy to buy compost by the bag at garden centers.  Homemade is better.

What a relief!

16 May

definition

in relief:  1 Art carved, molded, or stamped so as to stand out from the surface.

Found solid black due to tarnish.  No indication for type of base metal.

Leonardo DaVinci’s “Last Supper” cast in copper, 10″X5.25″ with stand for table (not for wall mounting).  From:  Charles Frazee estate.

 

noun:  1 a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress:

https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Copper

Check out How to Clean Copper method No. 6

Ketchup

Quiz: Name the Artifacts

7 Mar

From the personal property of Charles Frazee:

 

Top:  Calipers…Still come in handy for measuring inside and outside diameters as well as threads

Left:  Compasses…for drawing circles

Right:  0-1″ Micrometers…particularly helpful for mechanical repair work

Bottom:  Slide rule…what we used before digital calculators (right up to the late 1970s)

Both calipers and micrometers were redesigned 20 years ago to have digital read outs as shown above.

 

 

Mandy’s tapestry of the life and love of her family

26 Sep

Tapestry of the life and love of her family

Amanda Emmaline Hall, mother of 14

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Murrel is Mandy’s grandson and my dad.  Frank is Mandy’s grandson and my uncle.  Jimmy is Mandy’s grandson and my uncle who died as a child….

Crazy Quilts explained at Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibit October 2017

“Encouraged individual expression through freeform stitching,

known as the Kensington stitch”

“takes inspiration from the natural world”

Made with love by Great Grandmother Hall

 

From Houzz: Incredible home design from Japan

10 May

Amazing solutions to constraints!

 

Friday Photos_____________I Ching No. 2 Earth

28 Apr

Clinch Mountain overlook (Obviously a favorite photo…see header)

David Hinton translates hexagram No. 2 as “Earth”.  Wilhem translation is “receptive”.  Other translations include “field” and “flow”.

Field in spring

Eagle Creek watershed

Indy Star: Indiana-made furniture still provides rustic comfort

29 Oct

From Indy Star

Indiana-made furniture still provides rustic comfort

http://indy.st/2eBlFxg

Few businesses have survived two world wars, the Great Depression and a recession, but the venerable Old Hickory Furniture Co. has persevered by turning out rustic lodge furniture.Legend has it that North Carolina native Billy Richardson and his father made hickory sapling hoop chairs for The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, and used Jackson’s nickname, Old Hickory, as the company name. Richardson moved to Indiana and began selling his chairs in Martinsville in the 1890s. The company was founded in an abandoned Martinsville church in 1894, andit incorporated in 1898 when it started producing a full line of hickory sapling furniture.

Friday Photo: IChing No. 24 Return

28 Oct
My personal experience climbing trees does not involve a ladder. It does for deer hunters. The season is weeks away.

Deer hunting season is weeks away.

My personal experience climbing trees does not involve a ladder.  🙂  It does for deer hunters.

Indy Star: Bison are back on the Indiana prairie

20 Oct

From Indy Star

Bison are back on the Indiana prairie

http://indy.st/2eQPD1x

MOROCCO, Ind. – A bison herd is now roaming a northwestern Indiana prairie that the Nature Conservancy has spent two decades restoring.The conservation group released 23 bison from South Dakota into the Kankakee Sands prairie restoration area on Saturday. The Nature Conservancy has planted nearly 6,500 acres of prairie at that Newton County site since 1996.The bison are confined to a 1,060-acre pasture at Kankakee Sands. Hiking is now prohibited in that area.Land steward Tony Capizzo says the bison should increase the site’s plant and animal diversity by grazing and disturbing the soil.Visitors to the area about 50 miles northwest of Lafayette can watch the bison in action from an elevated viewing area located just off U.S. 41 near the town of Morocco.